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About This Month's Authors

Larry Ayers

Larry Ayers lives on a small farm in northern Missouri, where he is currently engaged in building a timber-frame house for his family. He operates a portable band-saw mill, does general woodworking, plays the fiddle and searches for rare prairie plants, as well as growing shiitake mushrooms. He is also struggling with configuring a Usenet news server for his local ISP.

Gerd Bavendiek

Gerd has worked as a software engineer with various flavors of Unix since 1988. In 1994 he realized that using Linux could make his every-day work more convenient. Since that time he has used Linux and various GNU-software. He lives in Essen, Germany. In my spare time I build model-steam engines using real hardware: lathe, milling-machine and a lot of hand tools.

Jim Dennis

Jim Dennis is the proprietor of Starshine Technical Services. His professional experience includes work in the technical support, quality assurance, and information services (MIS) departments of software companies like Quarterdeck, Symantec/ Peter Norton Group, and McAfee Associates -- as well as positions (field service rep) with smaller VAR's. He's been using Linux since version 0.99p10 and is an active participant on an ever-changing list of mailing lists and newsgroups. He's just started collaborating on the 2nd Edition for a book on Unix systems administration. Jim is an avid science fiction fan -- and was married at the World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim.

John Fisk

John Fisk is most noteworthy as the former editor of the Linux Gazette. After three years as a General Surgery resident and Research Fellow at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, John decided to ":hang up the stethoscope":, and pursue a career in Medical Information Management. He's currently a full time student at the Middle Tennessee State University and hopes to complete a graduate degree in Computer Science before entering a Medical Informatics Fellowship. In his dwindling free time he and his wife Faith enjoy hiking and camping in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. He has been an avid Linux fan, since his first Slackware 2.0.0 installation a year and a half ago.

Guy Geens

One of Guy Geens's many interests is using Linux. One of his dreams is to be paid for being a Linux geek. Besides his normal work, he is the (rather inactive) maintainer of his research group's web pages at

Michael J. Hammel

Michael J. Hammel, is a transient software engineer with a background in everything from data communications to GUI development to Interactive Cable systems--all based in Unix. His interests outside of computers include 5K/10K races, skiing, Thai food and gardening. He suggests if you have any serious interest in finding out more about him, you visit his home pages at You'll find out more there than you really wanted to know.

Håkon Løvdal

Håkon is 24 years old and lives in Norway. He is educated as an Electronics Engeneer and has one year of computer science in addition. He is about to begin his first job as a Software Development Engineer at Ericsson. Linux has been installed on his computer since version 1.0.8 and has has grown from just a tool to explore Unix into his favorite operating system.

Andy Vaught

Andy is currently studying physics at Arizona State University. When not on-line (most of his waking hours), he enjoys reading, bicycling and flying.

Not Linux

Thanks to all our authors, not just the ones above, but also those who wrote giving us their tips and tricks and making suggestions. Thanks also to our new mirror sites.

My assistant, Amy Kukuk, did all the work again this month. She's so good to me. Thank you, Amy.

Vacations are fun and wonderful, but mine sure put me behind schedule with my Linux Journal work. My grandchildren are even smarter and more beautiful than I remembered. It was a much needed break, and I expect to get caught up this week. :-)

Linux Journal is expanding to 116 pages and going to perfect binding with the October issue. No wonder I'm working so hard!

Riley is going off again this Saturday for our annual week-long motorcyle trek with friends. This time I'm staying home. :-( Oh, well, perhaps next year. (Needless to say, our motorcycle is a BMW.)

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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